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November 27, 2012

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ALPA Commends President Obama on EU ETS Action
The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l and other airline industry stakeholders today applauded President Barack Obama’s signing of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act, legislation that authorizes the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to prohibit U.S. airlines from participating in the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (EU ETS).

“By signing this bill into law, President Obama has acted to protect our national sovereignty, U.S. airlines, and American jobs,” said ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak. “We want to thank President Obama and members of Congress—particularly Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and John Thune (R-SD)—for taking a stand against this illegal tax, whose proceeds were never even intended to address aircraft greenhouse gas emissions or further environmental protections.”

ALPA launched a full-scale campaign complete with a Call to Action, Congressional testimony, press releases, and Capitol Hill visits by pilot Legislative Affairs representatives. Earlier this month, the EU postponed the ETS to allow for the triennial meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to continue its ongoing effort to develop and vote on a global sectorial approach to decrease commercial aircraft emissions.

“ICAO is the most appropriate venue to address the issue of global aircraft emissions standards,” said Capt. Moak. “A single, international policy should be determined to safeguard against regional efforts to generate new sources of income.”

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Pilots: First Air Should Be Honest about Impact of Job Cuts
Contrary to management’s public statements, First Air’s plan to lay off more than 10 percent of its flight crews could have an extensive negative impact on the airline’s operations.

The airline is being disingenuous when it states that flight crew member layoffs and the closure of First Air’s northernmost jet base will not affect other aircraft types, said FAB MEC chair F/O Devin Lyall.

“These layoffs are a major blow to the pilot group and will have a ripple effect throughout the entire system. Some pilots may opt to displace more junior pilots, which could require even more pilots to transition to different aircraft types and undergo lengthy, expensive retraining. It can’t help but create some disruptions,” Lyall said.

Read more.

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Is There a Pilot Shortage or Not?
The following is reprinted with permission from Holly Hegeman’s PlaneBusiness Banter, November 21, 2012, Vol. 16, Issue 43:

Over the last several weeks, the issue of whether the airline industry faces a severe pilot shortage has generated a great deal of discussion in various media outlets. One recent article in the Wall Street Journal in particular generated a high number of email comments to us here at PlaneBusiness. That article also generated a lot of “me too” stories at other media outlets.

So is there a “catastrophic” pilot shortage about to descend upon the industry?

According to Kit Darby, of Kit Darby Aviation Consultants, more than half of current U.S. airline pilots are over 50. Darby’s firm calculates that all U.S. airlines, including cargo, charter and regional carriers, together employ nearly 96,000 pilots, and will need to find more than 65,000 over the next eight years.

Read more.

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ALPA IT Conference Examines New Communications Tools
ALPA is holding its 7th annual IT Conference at the new conference facilities in its Herndon, Va., office. The two-day event focused on MEC collaboration and the many communication tools available.

More than 20 pilots participated from 12 different MECs, in addition to professional staff from the Association’s IT and Communications departments.

The conference offers presentations on MEC tools, the new SharePoint system, and e-mail management, plus nine individual work sessions covering specific web, communications, and application topics. In addition, a Microsoft representative is providing a one-hour presentation on Windows 8 and Office 2013 tomorrow.

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Pilots in Atlanta Area Needed for Georgia Tech Study
The School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech is seeking glass-qualified airline pilots to participate in simulator-based research into aviation safety with a focus on supporting the pilot in busy air traffic environments. The simulator is simple, based on desktop computers, and any current glass-cockpit Part 121 or Part 135 pilot is welcome.

The research is being conducted at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and lasts four hours plus breaks. Participants will each receive a $200 stipend in addition to reimbursement for on-campus parking. Any transportation and lodging costs are the responsibility of the pilot volunteer, and sessions are currently being scheduled for dates starting November 18 and running through early December.

If you want to participate or would like more information, please contact Justin Mullins at or (919) 384-5849.

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In the Latest Air Line Pilot
Check out the second annual “swimsuit” issue, with photos submitted by ALPA members. Learn about Emirates Airline’s growing hold on the international air cargo industry. Find out about the recurrence of cockpit laser illuminations and read about what you can do to protect your eyes. See the fleet makeup of ALPA-member airlines. Plus, hear about life after the cockpit.

All of this information and more can be found in the December 2012 issue of Air Line Pilot magazine. Remember that Air Line Pilot can be accessed from the members-only portion of the ALPA website at

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Get the Scoop! Read “ALPA Daily”
The aviation industry is changing faster than ever before. The new “ALPA Daily” feature at will keep you informed of the latest industry developments and analysis from around the globe. Check it out each day to stay up-to-date on the news that affects pilots and the piloting profession.

ALPA members can sign up to receive ALPA Daily in their e-mail:

Visit this link.
• Log in with your ALPA member number and password.
• Select “E-mail Distribution Lists.”
• Check the box for “ALPA Daily.”
• Submit your request.

According to the Washington Post, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is no longer blocking the nomination of Michael Huerta to be Federal Aviation Administration administrator. Read more.

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that Boeing will move forward on a new stretched version of its fuel-efficient 787 Dreamliner, but said more work is needed before it can determine an official launch. Read more.

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Photos for Facebook
Submit your best pictures of flying the line to, and see them posted at

When snapping shots for Facebook, please adhere to the appropriate FARs, CARs, and company policy. Thanks!

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Weigh In on Solar Glare
An FAA-funded survey is being conducted under the Airport Cooperative Research Program’s Guidebook for Energy Facilities’ Compatibility with Airports and Airspace Project #02-38. The purpose of the survey is to obtain empirical information from pilots on the sources of solar glare and their effects.

The survey should take only five minutes to complete, and your answers are confidential. Take the survey.

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On Nov. 29, 1947, the ALPA Credit Union was chartered as a nonprofit organization. ALPA President Behncke became the first depositor when the credit union opened for business in February 1948. To learn more about today’s ALPA Federal Credit Union, go to

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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